#CostaConcordia captain sentenced to 16 years for sinking disaster – an annotated infographic

Coo, where does the time go? Giving it some idle thought, we’d never have guessed that it’s been over three years since the Costa Concordia ferry foolishly veered to the left and hit the Scole rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, promptly listing on to its side and tragically claiming the lives of 32 people in the process. Finally, the trial of the Costa Concordia’s former captain, Francesco Schettino, has concluded and found him guilty. A court in the town of Grosseto found him guilty of multiple manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning his passengers and crew. The … Continue reading #CostaConcordia captain sentenced to 16 years for sinking disaster – an annotated infographic

#Sewol ferry sinking – cargo overload possibly to blame for capsizing – an annotated infographic

Investigations into the sinking of the South Korean ferry Sewol are focusing on its cargo and modifications made to the vessel which could have caused it to capsize on a routine trip from Incheon to the southern resort island of Jeju. The confirmed death toll from the April 16 tragedy stands at 185 – most of them students and teachers from a Seoul high school – with 117 still missing, presumed dead. A total of 174 people were rescued from the ship. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #Sewol ferry sinking – cargo overload possibly to blame for capsizing – an annotated infographic

#Sewol ferry capsizes – hundreds of passengers still missing – two annotated infographics

Almost 300 people remain unaccounted for after a ferry with 476 passengers on board capsized and sank off South Korea’s southwest coast yesterday. Most of the passengers were school students. Only a small number of people have been confirmed dead so far, with dozens of others injured, although the rescue operation is being hampered by strong sea currents every time the tide changes. The latest news is that there may still be survivors alive on board the capsized ship, sheltering in air pockets inside the stricken hull. Time will tell if this hope is borne out. Click on the graphics … Continue reading #Sewol ferry capsizes – hundreds of passengers still missing – two annotated infographics

#CostaConcordia salvage operation redux – an annotated graphic

Having posted a Costa Concordia salvage infographic exactly one month ago today, now here we have another – the companion piece, so to speak. It has been reported that a Dutch salvage vessel, the Dockwise Vanguard, the world’s largest semi-submersible ship, could be used to lift and ferry away the now-righted Costa Concordia. More typically used to move oil rigs about the place, Dockwise Vanguard has signed on to the project in a £19 million deal. The intention is to ultimately strip and scrap the Costa Concordia, so in light of this deal that must be some pretty lucrative scrap … Continue reading #CostaConcordia salvage operation redux – an annotated graphic

Costa Concordia salvage operation – an annotated graphic

A little over 18 months since the Costa Concordia cruise ship veered off course, struck the Italian island of Giglio and sank, plans are afoot to salvage the submerged wreck. An international team of engineers is working on an operation to haul the wreck upright, using a combination of subsea platforms, buoyant caissons and good old-fashioned cables for pulling things. If the attempt succeeds, the 114,000-tonne ship will be towed away for dismantling. Given the size of the cruise ship, there’s an awful lot of money in recyclable materials just sitting out there on the sand, so it’s easy to … Continue reading Costa Concordia salvage operation – an annotated graphic

#Maersk Triple-E set to be the world’s largest and most fuel-efficient ship – an annotated graphic

People love the “world’s biggest [blank]” stories. While probably not high on the all-time list of Things That Are Awesome, the announcement by Danish shipping behemoth Maersk of its Triple-E container ship does at least make the grade, qualifying by dint of being the world’s largest and most fuel-efficient container ship. Today’s infographic helpfully details the Triple-E from prow to stern, including the fascinating nugget that it will be able to transport approximately 108 million pairs of training shoes. This might not seem immediately relevant, until you consider that the ship’s intended route is from China to Europe. In the … Continue reading #Maersk Triple-E set to be the world’s largest and most fuel-efficient ship – an annotated graphic

Costa Concordia disaster impact on the cruise industry – an annotated graphic

Casting a look back at the repercussions (ripples?) of the Costa Concordia disaster earlier this year, when the cruise ship sank off the coast of Tuscany, this infographic considers the impact this may have on the cruise ship industry. With 16 million people embarking on pleasure cruises last year, it’s clearly big business. Click on the graphic for an expanded view.   Continue reading Costa Concordia disaster impact on the cruise industry – an annotated graphic